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Pseudopomyza atrimana here in Sciomyza in Europäischen Zweiflügeligen (figure 9)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Subsection: Acalyptratae
Superfamily: Nerioidea
Family: Pseudopomyzidae

The Pseudopomyzidae are minute to small (1.7-5.5 mm), dark coloured acalyptrate flies.


The biology of the Pseudopomyzidae is very poorly known. The larvae of the only European species are believed to develop in rotting logs or under bark. There is only one European species, Pseudopomyza atrimana (Meigen, 1830), which occurs in woodland, and adults have been found to gathering over rotting logs or attracted to the freshly cut and sappy stumps or logs of deciduous trees.


The fossil record is very poor, with only one specimen of the species, Eopseudopomyza kuehni Hennig, 1971, which has been recorded from Baltic amber.


  • Chandler, P.J. 1983. Pseudopomyza atrimana (Meigen) (Diptera: Pseudopomyzidae) a fly of an acalypterate family new to Britain. Proceedings and Transactions of the British Entomological and Natural History Society 16: 87-91.
  • McAlpine D.K. & Shatalkin A.I. 1998: 3.8. Family Pseudopomyzidae. In Papp L. & Darvas B. (eds): Contributions to a Manual of Palaearctic Diptera. Vol. 3., Higher Brachycera. Science Herald, Budapest, pp. 155-163.

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